• The Comedy of Errors

    "We came into the world like brother and brother, and now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.”
    By William Shakespeare
    June 3 to August 7 2016
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Directed by Geoffrey Kent

    From the creative mind behind the CSF’s triumphant A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s purest comedy—with a twist. Set in jazzy, sexy 1930s Paris, this hilarious new production bends the classic adventure of mistaken identities in a different direction that puts the women in charge...and the men in their places. Sultry singing, cabaret nightlife, puns and punchlines, this is Comedy, inside out.

  • Equivocation

    " of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade." —Variety
    By Bill Cain
    June 16 to August 6 2016
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Wendy Franz

    Reluctant playwright and sleuth “Shag”—aka William Shakespeare—finds himself at the perilous crossroads between artistic integrity and survival when King James I commissions him to rewrite the history of England’s infamous Gunpowder Plot.

  • Troilus and Cressida

    “Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.”
    By William Shakespeare
    June 24 to August 6 2016
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Directed by Carolyn Howarth

    God-like heroes, embattled kings, doomed love, and a sinister, snarky clown make Shakespeare’s epic of the Trojan War one of his greatest legends. Like grown-up versions of Romeo and Juliet all too familiar with life’s stark realities, the eponymous lovers face painful choices in this mythic mélange of drama, comedy and history.

  • Cymbeline

    "How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!”
    By William Shakespeare
    July 14 to August 7 2016
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Jim Helsinger

    Cymbeline is a vassal king of the mighty Roman Empire, but Britain herself remains a wild and untamed land in this mythic, idyllic romance. When the king banishes Posthumus—his beautiful daughter’s illicit, low-born husband—Imogen flees into a Welsh forest that still rings with Britain’s legendary past. By turns comic, heroic and harrowing, this tale of gods and villains, lovers and warriors, brings the entire CSF company together onstage.

  • Henry VI, Part 2

    "Smooth runs the water, where the brook is deep; And in his simple show he harbours treason.”
    By William Shakespeare
    July 31 2016
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre

    One night only!

    Summer 2016’s hottest ticket is a single performance of Henry VI, Part 2—the latest of the CSF’s widely hailed “original practices” productions on one of America’s most iconic outdoor stages. Shakespeare’s razor-sharp exploration of England’s War of the Roses, which also inspired the hit cable series Game of Thrones, drives toward the thrilling conclusion of one of his greatest cycles. All previous “OP” shows sold out months in advance—don’t miss it!